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Thursday, May 12, 2011

1st Ride to Work in a Long Time

My office is a bit too far from home for me to ride right now so I drove to Matt's house and we went out for a some hills before I left and went down to work.

It's a commonly accepted fact that bicyclists treat red lights like stop signs and stop signs like yield signs.  There are some very good reasons for this not the least of which is because it's much safer for a bicyclist to maintain forward momentum.  Intersections are by their nature the most dangerous place to be in the street.  When a cyclist starts out his attention is on things like clipping in his pedals and not falling while all the cars around are accelerating.  The faster a cyclist clears an intersection the better for everyone.  That said, the rules of the road still apply.  If another vehicle reaches a 4 way stop first, it has the right of way.  No sane cyclist would pedal through a red light into busy cross traffic.

The reason I point this out is because this morning Matt and I stopped at a red light.  After verifying that the road was clear of cross traffic we proceeded.  All of a sudden a car behind us started blowing his horn.  I turned to see what he wanted and he pointed at the red light and screamed something that I couldn't hear.

Normally I would give this guy a piece of my mind but instead I just felt sorry for him.  I don't understand people who think they have to be the policeman for the world.  How crappy a life can this poor guy have that my actions, which didn't affect him in the slightest, caused such a reaction.  I wonder if his wife yells at him when he rolls through a stop sign or drives five mph over the speed limit.

Anyway, some interval hill work and then I was off to the office.  I've ridden past this sign for years but I stopped today to take a picture of it.  The world would be a better place if all traffic signs had one of these attached.